Virginia Hunting Seasons, 2019-2020




Looking for a state with big game? Virginia offers a list of larger sized animals for hunters such as deer, elk, bear and turkey, as well as small game like squirrel and quail. Virginia hunting seasons take place throughout the year in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains.

Virginia has the perfect combination of beautiful scenery, American history, and southern charm to compliment an exciting hunting season.

Virginia Bear Seasons

Youth Hunt Oct. 12-13
Archery Oct. 5-Nov. 15
Muzzleloader Nov. 9-15
Early Firearms Sept. 30-Oct. 2
General Season Oct. 1-Jan. 4**

**Season dates vary by region. For more information on hunting dates in your region, visit the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries website. One bear can be harvested per year. Bears must weigh at least 100 pounds live (or minimum 75 pounds field dressed). It is illegal to hunt female bears with cubs.

Virginia Deer Seasons

Youth Hunt Sept. 28-29
Early Archery Oct. 5-Nov. 15
Late Archery Dec. 1-Jan. 4**
Urban Archery Sept. 7-Oct. 4 and Jan. 5-March 29
NOVA Late Archery March 30-Apr. 26, 2020
Early Muzzleloader Nov. 2-15
Late Muzzleloader Dec. 14-Jan. 4
General Season Nov. 16-Jan. 4**

**Season dates vary by zone. For more information on hunting dates in your region, visit the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries website.

Virginia Elk Seasons

General Season Concurrent with open deer season

Taking elk counts towards a hunter’s deer permits and bag limit. Licenses and check-in procedures for elk are the same as for deer. Successful elk hunters are required to contact the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries so that samples for diseases can be collected. Additionally, elk hunting is closed in some regions where the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries is restoring elk populations.

Virginia Turkey Seasons

Fall Archery Oct. 5-Nov. 8
Fall Youth Hunt Oct. 12-13
Fall General Season Oct. 19-Jan. 25**
Spring General Season Apr. 11-May 16
Spring Youth Hunt Apr. 4-5, 2020

**Season dates vary by zone. For more information on hunting dates in your region, visit the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries website.

Virginia Small Game Seasons

Crow Aug. 17-March 20
Groundhog Open Season
Grouse Oct. 26-Feb. 8 
(hunting prohibited west of I-95)
Quail and Pheasant Nov. 9-Jan. 31
Rabbit Nov. 2-Feb. 29
Squirrel Sept. 7-Feb. 29 (Gray/Red Squirrels)
Sept. 7-Jan. 31 (Fox Squirrels)

Bag limits, special seasons and hunting regulations for Virginia hunting seasons do vary based on animal and seasons. For more information on obtaining licenses, permits and regulations, visit the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.